May 9, 2017




The presentations from the Northeast Biomass Heating Conference & Expo are now available >>. If you were unable to attend the conference or missed a session, please take a look at the agenda and the individual presentations to get a sense of the wide-ranging research and perspectives our speakers covered.

If you attended NEBHX, I also encourage you to take our 10-minute survey >> about your experience. This will help inform our planning for future industry events. Be sure to also check out the list of attendees >> and our photo gallery >>.

Jeff Serfass





Industry Leadership Spotlight


Thank you to BTEC member Viessmann >> for sponsoring breakfast on the first morning of the US Department of Energy's annual Bioeconomy 2017! Viessmann's sponsorship will provide an opportunity to introduce modern wood heating to government and business stakeholders currently unfamiliar with the industry, and help put modern wood heating on DOE's agenda.

Learn more about Bioeconomy 2017 >>



Policy and Government Affairs Update
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Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) on May 4 released the Clean Energy for America Act >>, which "includes technology-neutral tax credits for domestic production of clean electricity and clean transportation fuel, as well as performance-based tax incentives for energy-efficient homes and office buildings. These credits are open to all resources, including fossil fuels that capture carbon or make efficiency improvements." This bill for the first time recognizes thermal energy, but only useful thermal energy generated in CHP.  



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Thermoelectric Wood Stove Webinar - May 18


The Alliance for Green Heat and BTEC are sponsoring a webinar to support the Alliance's 4th Wood Stove Competition >> that will focus on automation and electricity generation. This first webinar will be 11 AM ET, May 18, 2017, and the topic will be an introduction to thermoelectric generators and how they can be used to generate electricity from wood stoves. The speaker will be Gerard Campeau, President, Thermal Electronics Corporation. Register and read more >>



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New to this Newsletter


Bioenergy Insight 2017 Conference & Expo: Uniting bioenergy markets

When: October 4-5, 2017

Where: Sheraton Grand hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, Scotland

This event, co-located with the Biofuels International Conference and Expo, will feature presentations from leaders in the biomass and biogas sectors. Register and read more >>

European Bioenergy Future
When: November 21-22, 2017
Where: The Egg, Brussels, Belgium
"The conference is at its 8th edition and it's a unique opportunity for those who want to be part of the main discussion on the future of the sector. This year, both industry and policy players will once again gather to provide bioenergy professionals with long-term perspectives on the future of bioenergy." Register and read more >>



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Biotech Energy opens corporate HQ at CCC

Dan Heat, Press Republican

BTEC member Biotech Energy has opened a new corporate headquarters at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, NY. They are part of a larger effort to encourage careers in technology, and will help create local jobs and investment. Read more >>

From universities to family farms, sustainable energy is everywhere in Maine
Lauren Abbate, Bangor Daily News

Modern wood heating is joining solar technologies and other energy efficiencies as a popular choice for homeowners, businesses, and other facilities in Maine. This includes wood heating installations at the University of Maine Farmington and Colby College in Waterville. Read more >>



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